The Rise of Mrs Big

20 July 2010

Drum roll please… The results of Grazia’s major new ‘Women and Work’ survey are in! And our eyebrow-raising findings show, the average woman’s career ladder is far from a straight ‘up and down’ anymore.

Female breadwinners, stay at home hubbies, cross-over couples who shape shift their roles: today’s nuclear couple is hardly conventional.

Flexibility seems to be the key. Four out of ten women said the career of whichever partner had the highest income would take precedence in the relationship – no matter what their gender.

Mrs Big has a renewed enthusiasm for working life. Only 11% on new mothers want to stop work completely. Most said they’d still like to keep their hand in at work, even if they didn’t need the extra income. It’s not just about the money – work equals confidence and sociability!

Our associate editor Victoria Harper summed it up. 'Women are getting good jobs when they graduate, and working up the career ladder faster than they have ever done. This means that there has to be more fluidity between the roles of men and women in a relationship and when they have children. If a couple are having a baby and it is the woman who is the highest earner it might make more sense for the man to pick up the slack and help out with the child-rearing. Instead of the have-it-all woman who tries to do everything, we are now seeing cross-over couples who share roles.'

About time!

To see the full results of our survey get this week's Grazia – and find out why Mrs Big is a force to be reckoned with.

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